Did something go wrong with your mods? This is the page for you.
- 1 Common fixes
- 2 Fix common error messages
- 2.1 "SMAPI can't find the game"
- 2.2 "SMAPI doesn't seem to be compatible with your game"
- 2.3 "Skipped '...' because it doesn't have a manifest.json"
- 2.4 "InvalidOperationException: This resource could not be created"
- 2.5 Steam: "missing executable"
- 2.6 Linux/Mac: "looks like Mono isn't installed"
- 2.7 FileNotFoundException: Could not find file '...\SaveGameInfo'
- 3 Fix other issues
- 4 Ask for help
- Try restarting your computer.
- Make sure you have the latest version of SMAPI.
The SMAPI version is shown at the top of the SMAPI console window.
- Make sure you have Stardew Valley 1.2.33 or later.
Click the "?" button on the title screen, and the version will appear in the bottom-left.
Reset your content files
Many problems are caused by broken game files (especially if you use XNB mods). You can reset your game files to fix that. Any XNB mods will be removed, but SMAPI mods won't be affected.
- See instructions for Steam or for GOG Galaxy.
- If you use SMAPI on Linux/Mac, reinstall SMAPI to fix the launcher.
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| If you don't want to reset all files, you have some other options.
Fix common error messages
"SMAPI can't find the game"
- Make sure you're running
StardewModdingAPI.exein your game folder (see the install instructions).
- Did you install SMAPI manually (not using
install.exe)? Make sure you copied the right files:
internal/Windowsfor Windows, or
"SMAPI doesn't seem to be compatible with your game"
Make sure you have Stardew Valley 1.2.30 or later.
"Skipped '...' because it doesn't have a manifest.json"
SMAPI couldn't find the
manifest.json file for the mod in that folder. That usually means it's not a SMAPI mod, so it won't work from the
Mods folder. See that mod's documentation for install instructions.
"InvalidOperationException: This resource could not be created"
- This usually means you have no speakers or headphones plugged in, which the game can't handle. Make sure you plug in an audio device (but it can be muted).
Steam: "missing executable"
Steam can't find the game launcher, usually because your Steam launch options are incorrect. Common fixes:
- If you want to use SMAPI:
make sure it's installed and your launch options are correct (see install guide).
- If you're uninstalling SMAPI:
- In Steam, right-click Stardew Valley and choose Properties.
- Click the Set Launch Options button.
- Make sure the textbox is completely empty.
Linux/Mac: "looks like Mono isn't installed"
Mono is a framework needed by the installer and SMAPI to work correctly.
- Make sure you download and install Mono.
- Restart your computer and try again.
- On Mac, you can also install Homebrew and run
brew install mono mono-libgdiplusin the Terminal app.
FileNotFoundException: Could not find file '...\SaveGameInfo'
- That error usually happens when the game was interrupted during save. To fix it, open the affected save folder and remove
_STARDEWVALLEYTMPfrom the filenames. If this happens often, your antivirus may have a "real-time protection" feature that's locking the temporary save files. Add an exception to your antivirus for the saves folder to prevent that (look up your antivirus name with
add folder exceptionto find instructions).
- Don't keep backup folders in the saves folder, since the game will try to read them.
Fix other issues
SMAPI files disappear or your antivirus complains
Your antivirus might remove or complain about some SMAPI files. This is based on heuristic detection — SMAPI rewrites mods so they work on your computer, and rewriting files is something malware also does, so your antivirus got suspicious. Antiviruses learn to allow SMAPI after enough users download it, but this resets for each release. SMAPI doesn't have a trojan — you can check by reading the code, decompiling the download, or uploading it to VirusTotal.
If this happens, here's how to fix it:
- Temporarily disable your antivirus.
- Install SMAPI.
- Add an exception to your antivirus for the Stardew Valley folder (search online for your antivirus name with the words add folder exception for instructions).
Steam: nothing happens when you launch game (Windows only)
Symptom: you launch the game, Steam shows 'running' for a few seconds, but the game doesn't open. You can usually fix that by doing this:
- If you've already installed SMAPI, blank the Steam launch options so it runs the game without SMAPI.
- Open your game folder.
- Open the
XNAinside that, then
- Run the
- Restart your computer.
- Launch the game.
If that works, you're done! (If you removed SMAPI in step one, you can reinstall it now.)
If it still doesn't work:
- Install SMAPI (if you don't already have it).
- Launch the game.
- Ask for help and attach your SMAPI log.
Steam: controller not working properly
- Launch the game through Steam.
- On Windows, make sure you set the launch options (see part 2 in the Windows install guide), don't add SMAPI as a non-Steam game.
- As a last resort, you can use InputMapper (Windows) or SC Controller (Linux) to bypass Steam's controller features.
Run the game without SMAPI by launching
Stardew Valley.exe (on Windows) or
StardewValley-original (on Linux/Mac) in your game folder.
- If it still happens without SMAPI: see this guide to fixing your game. If you still need help, ask for help.
- If it only happens with SMAPI, ask for help.
Ask for help
Find your SMAPI log
The SMAPI log has useful info for troubleshooting problems (like your versions, mods, game path, errors, etc).
Here's how to share it:
- Find the log file here:
Platform Path Windows
%appdata%" into the address bar, Windows knows where it is.)
(The folder is hidden by default. From Files, click Go » Enter Location and enter "~/.config".)
(The folder is hidden by default. From Finder, click Go » Go to Folder and enter "~/.config".)
- Upload the file to log.smapi.io and share the link.
For help with a mod, the mod author is the best person to ask. These are the best ways to contact them:
- the discussion thread linked to on the mod page (if any);
- the 'bugs' section on the Nexus mod page (if any);
- otherwise contact the author directly (e.g. use the 'Contact' button on the Nexus mod page).
What to include in a bug report
Figuring out why something went wrong for someone else can be tough, so it helps if you include as much information as possible. Here's the most useful information you can give.
- Describe your problem:
- Which mod has an issue?
- What is the problem? Be as descriptive as possible. (Does the game freeze or close? Does the screen go black? Does nothing at all happen?)
- What were you doing when it broke? Did you notice a pattern? For example, maybe it always breaks when you do a certain thing.
- Describe your context:
- Do you use a mod manager? If so, which one?
- Do you play on Linux, Mac, or Windows?
- Upload your SMAPI log to log.smapi.io (see instructions on that page), and add a link to your message.